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Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 20, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 18, 2000

Budget $36,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 10 minutes

Country USA

Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Other Titles
• Ghosts of Mississippi
• Ghosts From the Past (1996)
• Das Attentat (1997)

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Genre: Drama, Law, Murder, True Story, Society, Courtroom, Investigation

Tagline: In 1963 civil rights leader Medgar Evers was murdered in his own driveway. For 30 years his assassin has remained free. Is it ever too late to do the right thing?

Plot: Fueled by James Woods’s chilling portrayal of Klansman Byron De La Beckwith, the cold-blooded, unrepentant killer of Medgar Evers, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI offers a compelling account based on the true story of the attempt to see justice served in spite of time, corruption, and a defiant community. During the 1960s, Myrlie Evers (stirringly portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg) witnessed her husband slain in her own driveway in front of her three young children. For 30 years, Mrs. Evers petitioned the courts to reopen his case, tried twice to questionable mistrial, with her pleas eternally falling on deaf ears. Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin), while certainly an ambitious attorney, is not the most likely candidate to take on the largely forgotten case of the shooting murder of Evers, a prominent civil rights worker. The son-in-law of a well-known (and well-known to be racist) judge, DeLaughter's civil rights history is negligible; however, as a father, the case strikes his sense of fairness, justice, and family, and he takes it. From there lies an uphill battle, as many in Mississippi, even at the end of the 20th century, still hold to the traditions of segregation and resentment of those who would change them. Despite these odds, Rob Reiner's film tells the moving story of one unlikely

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  • sequel of For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)

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 Directed by
Rob Reiner
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 Written by
Lewis Colick
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Alec Baldwin
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James Woods
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Virginia Madsen
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Whoopi Goldberg
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Lucas Black
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Alexa Vega
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William H. Macy
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 Music By
Marc Shaiman
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